The award (the film’s second) comes after a string of official selections at a number of local and international film festivals and events including the Global Peace Film Festival (USA) and Petaluma International Film Festival (USA) since its release in March earlier this year. The film was runner up in the Drama Shorts category at the Highway 61 Film Festival in the USA in October.
The Martyr is a 10 min thriller focusing on British Intelligence Agent Laura Kent and the inquiry that follows a major terrorism incident in the UK. It touches on a number of contemporary issues including Islamophobia, public fear of terrorism, and the role of the media and politicians in the war on terror.
Screen Stockport judge Len Brown, a freelance journalist and network TV Producer, said of the film: “‘The Martyr’ is by far the strongest in terms of concept, script, production, performances, it’s a really strong short film, tackling a very relevant and important issue of our times and it fully deserves to win the award.”
The short features an array of North West talent both in front and behind the camera including cast Mia Vore (Portal), Nick Pearse (The Shot), Mark Hill (Peaky Blinders); and crew Adam Sheldon/Neil Bruce (DOPs), Noise Four Studios & Joe Allman (sound). The original music score was composed and performed by renowned clarinettist Arun Ghosh.
Writer and Director Darren Langlands says “I’m so proud of all the cast and crew whose dedication, craft and passion helped to make this the sum of its parts. We’ve done so well locally and internationally and this award is the icing on the cake.”
The Martyr will make its first online appearance as part of the Rolling Frames Film Summit 2015 in late October and will also be screened at Oblong Cinema in Leeds on Nov 19th.
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